UVA's Quarterback Competition Features 5 Signals Callers
Five quarterbacks...four of which are freshmen or sophomores...three of them are from the Commonwealth...two of them played as freshmen last year...one of them is the returning starter...and none of them is a senior.
That's the quarterback situation at UVA heading into fall practice, which starts August 6.
"Competition is a good thing, regardless if it's a quarterback or the left tackle or the right corner," said London. "You'd like to get in a situation like that where all those positions are being very competitively sought after. If we can do that on a consistent basis, then we can make our self a pretty good team."
The only upperclassman is rising junior Michael Rocco. He started all 13 games for the 'Hoos last season in Virginia's first trip to a bowl game in five years.
Head coach Mike London says Rocco is the starter heading into fall camp after throwing for almost 2,700 yards and completing better than 60% of his passes in 2011.
As a true freshman, David Watford split time with Rocco early last season and played in ten games with three touchdown passes.
But along with freshmen Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns, Alabama transfer and redshirt sophomore Phillip Sims is now in the mix.
The NCAA granted Sims a transfer waiver July 11, meaning he doesn't have to sit out a year.
Sims set the all-time Virginia state records for passing yards and touchdowns in a career at Oscar Smith High School and was the backup quarterback on the Crimson Tide's national championship team last season.
London said, "The style of quarterbacks that we have with David Watford from Hampton High School, Michael Rocco from up in Lynchburg, you have another guy that's a very talented player, and what it's done is raised the level of David and Michael."
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